Augusta probation office to fill vacant diversion center

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ATLANTA -- The Augusta probation office will move into the vacant Augusta Diversion Center, which the state Department of Corrections closed May 31 as part of a cost-cutting plan.

After a few renovations, probation officers will move into the center that supported 28 corrections workers and housed 96 probationers, said Paul Czachowski, the department’s spokesman. He did not know when the move would be complete.

The department relocated the diversion center’s staff and probationers to other facilities, he said.

The Augusta center was among five other diversion centers and one probation detention center the department closed to shave $7.6 million from its budget. The Augusta center alone cost $1.1 million to operate.

Probation diversion centers house offenders who have violated their probation. The offenders work during the day and are locked in the center at night, with terms between six and nine months.

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